Milbank junior varsity wrestlers traveled to the Groton Wrestling Invitational and finished fifth in the team standings. The tournament featured a mixture of varsity and junior varsity teams who battled it out in the spotlight.
“It’s a great chance for the younger guys to get some good experience,” stated Milbank’s head coach, Jeremy Tostenson. Milbank accrued 60 points. Wessington Springs/Woonsocket/Wolsey-Wessington won the meet with 190 points. Clark-Willow Lake was second with 145. Watertown JV placed third with 130 points. Just ahead of the Bulldogs in fourth place, was Groton Area with 83 points.
Rounding out the team scores were: Ipswich/Leola/Bowdle, 58; Webster Area, 54; Warner/Northwestern, 53; Potter County, 29.5; Sioux Falls O’Gorman JV, 25; Viborg/Hurley, 20, and Britton-Hecla, 17.5.
Tate Schlueter led the Bulldogs with a first-place finish. Owen Fischer and Maddox Hanson took third place, and Joe French and Anthony St. Martin placed fourth.
Complete results for the Bulldog wrestlers:
90-98 – Owen Fischer won by fall against Andrew Heldenbrand, SFO, 4:56; lost by fall to Brody Randall, Watertown JV, :37; won by fall against Trey Atkinson, BH, 2:37; won 8-5 against Cooper Pommer, CWL. Third place finish. 120 – Jayce Jonason lost by fall to Markus Pitkin, Watertown JV, :58; won by fall against Chays Mansfield,WNW, :42; lost by fall to Cale Mohling, WWWW, 1:54.
126 – Nollen Sheeley won by fall against Easten Ekern, Groton, 3:18; lost by fall to Christian Ehresmann, Groton, 1:52; lost by fall to Tucker Urdahl, Watertown JV, 3:32.
132 – Reese Rabe lost by fall to Brayden Schlachter, PC, 3:09; lost by fall to Cole Dowling, Watertown JV, :41.
138 – Tate Schlueter won by fall against Wyatt Huber, VH, 1:21; won by fall against Owen Spartz, Watertown JV, 1:38; won by fall against Ethan Mcelhone, CWL, 5:55. First place finish.
145 – Joe French won by fall against Adam Kanable, ILB, :10; lost by fall to Andy Johnson, Webster, 2:44; won by fall against Kaedon Maunu, VH, 2:45; won 8-2 against Lincoln Fortin, WNW; lost to Jackson Maag, Watertown JV, by forfeit. Fourth place finish.
152 – Owen Tesch lost by fall to Cole Bisbee, Groton, :47; won by fall against George Johnson, VH, 4:50; lost by fall to Jax Kettwig, Watertown JV, 1:20.
160 – Paul Van Dover lost by fall to Easton Steinbach, WNW, 1:06; lost by fall to Logan Hight, SFO, 1:44.
195 – Oliver Korth lost by fall to Blake Wientjes, Watertown JV, 4:33; lost by fall to Kasey Michalski, CWL, 4:39.
220 – Anthony St. Martin won by fall against Landon Peery, Watertown JV, 4:55; lost by fall to Micah Hach, Watertown JV, 1:55; won by fall against Jacob Johnson, VH, :46; lost by fall to Maddox Hanson, Milbank,:29. Fourth place finish.
220 – Maddox Hanson won by fall against Jacob Johnson, VH, :13; lost by fall to Brock Stevens, WWWW, 5:15; won by fall against Landon Peery, Watertown JV, 1:59; won by fall against Anthony St. Martin, Milbank, :29.
Third place finish.
File photo – Joe French